Fuel for Innovation
Fact of the Month
In 2016, Indiana’s eviction rate was 4.1%, nearly twice the national average of 2.3%.
When the Faith & Action Project launched in 2016, we described it as a “convener that points toward solutions.” This vision was built on a belief in the power of the collective imagination. We knew that if we brought together people committed to fighting poverty, they would spark a movement even greater than the sum of its parts.
We have not been disappointed. We have seen the humility of leaders who come together to learn from each other. We have seen the multiplying effect of collaboration. And we have seen the incredible sparks of hope that can be generated by even the smallest steps forward.
Of course, we know that progress comes with a price tag, and that’s why, along with acting as a convener, we also are committed to acting as a funder, providing grants that can help promising projects overcome and grow to new levels.
For that reason, we are proud to announce that 2019 grant applications are now available (click here to access this year’s application). Please be aware our grant program is a multi-step process: Organizations that intend to apply for a grant must send at least one representative to the spring conference on May 2nd. After that, they will be expected to submit a Letter of Intent by May 8. Then, if invited, they will submit a full grant proposal by June 4.
While May and June might seem like a long way away, I encourage you to start thinking now about how a Faith & Action grant could fuel your organization’s fight against poverty. Imagine the partnerships you could form to expand your reach. Imagine the approaches you could embrace to deliver a new level of impact. Imagine the tools you could acquire to change lives. Imagine how your vision can be intensified and multiplied. Then, one day, maybe we all can imagine a city where poverty has been defeated.
Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch
Project Director, Faith & Action Project
Hear Father Greg Boyle
On May 2, from 8:30 AM. to noon at Eastern Star Church, 5750 30th Street, you’re invited to a morning of inspiration, motivation and networking anchored by keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle. A dynamic storyteller, Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. His book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, is a New York Times bestseller. Father Boyle will share the platform with two young participants in Homeboy programs. Invite friends from your faith community, coworkers, peers in service organizations and boards to what promises to be an inspiring morning. Register for free tickets here.
The Project in the Media
When Indy Star Associate Editor Russ Pulliam wrote a recent article about programs working to ease suffering in Indianapolis, the Faith & Action Project figured prominently in his story. The piece, which appeared on the Gentle Reformation website and focused on faith-based initiatives in the Circle City, not only included a nod to the Project itself, but also mentions of grant recipients Purposeful Design, Heart Change Ministries, Outreach Inc. and The ROCK Initiative. Mike Smith, who co-founded the Faith & Action Project with his wife, Sue, was featured in the Feb. 22 Indianapolis Business Journal with a column titled, “Greet ‘Alice’ and her companion, poverty, with compassion.”
Teaching Kids Where They Are
It’s a vicious cycle: Education has long been acknowledged as a key to rising out of poverty, but children in poverty face countless barriers to getting the education they need. A California program is working to end that cycle by providing educational-support services to children in the low-income neighborhood where they live. A recent edsource.org story described the program, which offers after-school instructors five days a week at a 567-unit apartment complex.
Cutting Poverty by Half
Child poverty costs the United States between $800 billion and $1.1 trillion a year, but a new report suggests we could slash that cost by cutting child poverty by 50 percent… and we could do it in 10 years. Highlighted in a March 1 New York University press release, the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine points to two policy packages that would reach that goal by building on existing policies and programs and adding a few new ones. View a snapshot of the report here.
Kids Count Data Book, from Indiana Youth Institute. For 25 years, the Indiana Youth Institute has provided the data Hoosiers need to be aware of the challenges facing our children. As usual, this year’s edition offers good news (including a decline in the state’s teen pregnancy rate and an increase in health insurance coverage for children) and bad news (including the ongoing challenges of teen suicide and infant mortality). For those who care about children in Indiana, Kids Count Data Book is indispensable.
Mark your calendar for these important dates.
March 14, 10:00 to 11:30 AM: Faith & Action Grant Information Session, Englewood Christian Church, 57 N Rural St, Indianapolis
May 2, 8:30 AM to noon: Faith & Action Project Spring Conference, featuring Father Gregory Boyle, at Eastern Star Church, 5750 30th Street, Indianapolis
May 8: Faith & Action Grant letters of intent due
May 15: Applicants will be notified
June 4: Final grant applications due
Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary 1000 W. 42nd Street | Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 931-2336 | Fax: (317) 923-1961 | Email: LRabinowitch@cts.edu | Web: www.cts.edu